jurisdiction

[joor-is-dik-shuhn]
noun
1.
the right, power, or authority to administer justice by hearing and determining controversies.
2.
power; authority; control: He has jurisdiction over all American soldiers in the area.
3.
the extent or range of judicial, law enforcement, or other authority: This case comes under the jurisdiction of the local police.
4.
the territory over which authority is exercised: All islands to the northwest are his jurisdiction.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Latin jūris dictiōn- stem of jūris dictiō (see jus, diction); replacing Middle English jurediccioun < Old French juredicion < Latin, as above

jurisdictional, adjective
jurisdictive, adjective
jurisdictionally, adverb
prejurisdiction, noun
superjurisdiction, noun
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jurisdiction (ˌdʒʊərɪsˈdɪkʃən)
 
n
1.  the right or power to administer justice and to apply laws
2.  the exercise or extent of such right or power
3.  power or authority in general
 
[C13: from Latin jūrisdictiō administration of justice; see jus, diction]
 
juris'dictional
 
adj
 
juris'dictionally
 
adv
 
juris'dictive
 
adj

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jurisdiction
c.1300 "administration of justice" (attested from 1267 in Anglo-L.), from L. jurisdictionem (nom. jurisdictio) "administration of justice, jurisdiction," from jus (gen. juris; see jurist) "right, law" + dictionem (nom. dictio) "a saying." Meaning "extent or range of administrative
power" is from c.1380.
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Example sentences
Judgment upon any award rendered may be entered in the highest court of the
  forum, state or federal, having jurisdiction.
The scope of universal jurisdiction is disputed.
The ethics commission, however, dismissed the complaint for lack of
  jurisdiction.
The commission said that the majority of material on the Net was still text,
  and thus outside its jurisdiction.
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